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Madison police arrest two women for attack on Sen. Tim Carpenter
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Madison police arrest two women for attack on Sen. Tim Carpenter

Hamer, O'Reilly

Samantha Hamer, left, and Kerida O'Reilly

Two women were arrested Monday on tentative charges of substantial battery for the attack on state Sen. Tim Carpenter during a protest last month, Madison police reported.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the two Madison women — Samantha Hamer, 26, and Kerida O’Reilly, 33 — turned themselves in Monday afternoon.

Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, was beaten after taking a video of protesters the night of June 23 along the 200 block of West Main Street.

Earlier in the evening, protesters told members of the media to leave the scene and demanded that observers not take photos or videos during the demonstrations that night, which included tearing down two statues on the Capitol grounds and throwing a Molotov cocktail into the City-County Building.

Sen. Tim Carpenter


Carpenter, who was headed to work at the Capitol around midnight and was walking by the protest, appeared not to be aware of the earlier demands not to take photos. Around 10 people punched and kicked Carpenter while he was on the ground, police reported.

Paramedics treated Carpenter, but he declined an offer to go to the hospital, according to police. At one point his phone and glasses were taken, but they were returned.

Hamer and O’Reilly were tentatively charged with substantial battery and robbery with use of force, both as party to a crime. Both were being held in the Dane County Jail as of Monday.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect the district that Sen. Tim Carpenter represents.

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